Thorns celebrate, Thorns vs. Dash, 7.24.19
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PTFC: From the Archives #Statman Edition | Thorns crush Dash after four-goal first half

In the highest attended midweek match in the history of women's club soccer in the U.S., Portland Thorns FC scored four goals in the first 23 minutes to roll past the Houston Dash, 5-0, on July 24, 2019 at Providence Park. The 22,329 fans in attendance also saw the return to the club for the four U.S. Women's National team players who won the World Cup 17 days earlier. 

The match is this week's PTFC: From the Archives, presented by Providence Health & Services, special rebroadcast. Tune in to ThornsFC.com on June 13, 2020 to watch this historic match. Here are five numbers to know ahead of the game. 

5Houston has a problem – Opening the scoring for the club was Lindsey Horan, who scored her first goal of the 2019 NWSL season. Horan has scored five goals against the Dash, the most goals scored by the midfielder against any single opponent. 

4Record Books – The game is the only time in club history that the Thorns have scored four goals in the first half of a match. Portland had scored three goals in the first half of its last six matches combined. 

1Surprise – Forward Midge Purce delivered the assist on the club's fourth goal after holding off defenders and providing a layoff to Hayley Raso. It was the only assist in Purce's two seasons with the Thorns. 

2x2Braces Scoring two goals in a 12-minute span, Hayley Raso earned the second brace of her Portland career. It was the only home brace for Raso as member of the Thorns. 

0Goose Egg– Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch delivered four saves for the Thorns to secure the shutout. The 5-0 victory is the largest shutout win in club history. 

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